Pine City,

Freedom Fest Event Line-up

The annual Pine City celebration is returning to the Pine County Fairgrounds this year on Saturday, June 26th with a new spin on the local festival. As organizations are beginning to recover and rebuild following a year of no events, many activities were not able to come together this year…. but thanks to some new partnerships and new ideas, we think you’ll still enjoy all that the Freedom Fest event has to offer!
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Forest Lake,

Blessing of the Bikes 2021

You are invited to the Blessing of the Bikes 2021! FREE admission! All Clubs, Groups, Independent riders are welcome! Ride THROUGH our church & get your bike blessed! (Not everyone can say they rode their bike in a church!) Food for purchase & music too!. OPEN TO PUBLIC!!. 24799 Forest...

Isanti gears up for summer car shows

Those who enjoy car shows should head to Isanti on June 5 and Aug. 7. Special event permits for the BMC British Auto Car Show and the Rum River Rods 11th annual Summer Spectacular Car Show were approved during the Isanti City Council meeting May 18. The BMC British Auto...

Car shows highlight Isanti event permit requests

It’s gearing up to be an eventful summer in the City of Isanti, with Isanti City Council approving two special event permits at its May 18 meeting. The first special event permit approved was for the Rum River Rods 11th Annual Summer Spectacular Car Show, scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place in downtown Isanti the same day as the third street dance of the summer and is expected to draw 300 to 500 people.

Braham invited to ‘try-out’ potential walk, bike opportunities

Those who travel by foot, bicycle or motor vehicle, will have a five-month opportunity to ‘try-out’ demonstration projects set-up in the communities of Long Prairie, Braham and Wahkon. MnDOT will install demonstration projects, then ask and collect participate feedback to evaluate if any of these potential scenarios can become permanent...

Braham invited to ‘try-out’ potential walk, bike opportunities

Those who travel by foot, bicycle or motor vehicle, will have a five-month opportunity to ‘try-out’ demonstration projects set-up in the communities of Long Prairie, Braham and Wahkon. MnDOT will install demonstration projects, then ask and collect participate feedback to evaluate if any of these potential scenarios can become permanent...
Pine County,

New no-wake rule will protect Snake River’s shorelines and water

Ordinance will automatically trigger boating speed limits when water is high on a sensitive stretch. The board of commissioners in Pine County, Minnesota voted on April 6 to adopt new rules for boating on two lakes in Pine City, and the short stretch of river between them. Boaters must now travel at slow speeds with minimal wake when the water is high.
Burnett County, WIBurnett County Sentinel

Chelmo RV campground permit denied

The Burnett County Land Use and Information Committee unanimously denied an application for a conditional use permit, or CUP, that would allow a 90-unit RV campground at a 50-acre site just north of the Yellow River, in the Town of Meenon, north of Webster. The decision came during the committee’s...
North Branch,

North Branch celebrates new electric vehicle charging station

The North Branch Water and Light held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 17 for installing an electric vehicle charging station that charges at a much faster rate. The charger is located at 38830 Forest Blvd. The event was sponsored by the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce. Many professionals took part in the ceremony showing support for the new charging station the city hopes will attract visitors from surrounding areas. The charger costs $5 in a connection fee and 30 cents for every minute charge. Water and Light general manager Scott Hautala said the convenience part of the charging station is to invite people to enjoy the North Branch downtown restaurants. People who drive electric vehicles can now visit downtown, leave their vehicles charging faster nearby while they go shopping, he said.
North Branch,

North Branch Water & Light installs electric vehicle charging stations

North Branch Water & Light recently purchased three electric vehicle charging stations. Located at 38830 Forest Boulevard, in the parking lot next to Sunrise Prairie Trail, the stations are available for the general public to utilize 24 hours a day. The fee for the two “Level 2” stations is $3 per hour. The charge for the DC fast charger (right photo) is $5 for the connection and 30 cents per minute.
Pine City,

Stolen vehicles found off of County Road 11

A man has been charged with two felony counts of receiving stolen property after he was allegedly found in possession of stolen items at a residence on Henriette Road just west of Pine City. According to the criminal complaint filed in Pine County Court, on March 3, a Pine County...

Snow and sunshine make for successful Vintage ride

The Amery Snowmobile Club recently held their Fourth Annual Vintage ride where riding classic sleds in the sun kissed snow with your sidekicks made participants feel like a kid again. The club recently celebrated 50 years as an organization. The Amery Snowmobile Club was formed in 1969. Its original name...
Scandia, MNPioneer Press

Uff da! Of course Ole, Lena and Sven will be plowing the snow in Scandia

Have you heard the one about Ole, Lena and Sven? They’re the winners of Scandia’s recent “Name our Snowplows” contest. The trio of names received 141 votes in the contest to name the city’s three snowplows. The runners-up were No More Mr. Ice Guy, which received 127 votes, and Hans Snowlo, which received 103.

Scandia's "Name our Snowplows" contest winner announced

Scandia officials announced this week the winner from its "Name our Snowplows" contest. They originally received 131 unique names from 200 people. The Tourism Committee narrowed it down to 35 with the winner being Ole, Lena and Sven. The entry was submitted by Scandia's own Jeff Blomseth. For more, please...

Cambridge accepts grant for electric vehicle charging station

Commuters utilizing electric vehicles in the Cambridge area will soon have a place to plug in their cars, thanks in part to a grant from East Central Energy. During the Feb. 16 Cambridge City Council meeting, Assistant City Administrator Evan Vogel informed the council that a grant application to ECE that was made by the council back in January had been awarded to the city. That grant is to be used for the purchase of an electric vehicle charging station, which will be placed in one of the parking spots at City Park.
Burnett County, WIAPG of Wisconsin

Guest Comment: ATVers damaging roads

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, town of Chicog chairman Pat Wilcox and I, along with Brian Abbott of the Minong Trails Club, attended a symposium in Burnett County about the damage being done to town roads by ATVs and UTVs. There were about 10 townships represented there, mostly from Burnett County. Also in attendance was the Burnett County road commissioner, the Burnett County sheriff, and two deputies. Several representatives and elected officials were also linked in via phone.
Le Center,

Residents petition Le Center council to pave alleyway, city loosens restrictions on snowmobiles and ATVS

At the Le Center City Council’s first meeting of the year, residents petitioned the council to pave the alleyway behind city hall. The council also opened the floor for a public hearing on a change to the city ordinance loosening restrictions on where people can drive their snowmobiles and ATVs. In a unanimous vote, the council passed the new ordinance.

Maintenance & Public Works Dept.

TRUCK WITH PLOW. The City of Shafer is accepting sealed bids for 2004 Sterling L8511, Regular Cab 10ft Dump Box, Falls 312 front bi directional plow, Falls TDL-10 snow wing, Falls IB-10A belly blade, Falls #1ASD-6 under gate sander, and Brine tank. 79,000 miles, Allison MD 3060P automatic transmission with push button. This is being sold as a package; will not separate. Pictures are on city’s website: